MACH 2014 - Are You Ready!

by Rapid Welding 20. February 2014 09:33

I can't believe two whole years have past since our first exhibition at MACH - which also happened to be Rapid's first exhibition EVER! And once more, this coming April, we're at it again in Birmingham, only this year we're bigger and better than ever.

2014 started with a bit of bang for the Rapid team, and if you follow our blog you'll already know why. First there was the new addition of Rapid Marine back in 2013, then came the great news that Rapid was increasing yet again with the acquisiton of Bryant Welderental. Things have been going great guns, and we can't wait to get to MACH this year to spread the word about the services our ever expanding family now offers.


Come and meet our representatives from Rapid

MACH is the 'UK’s largest event for Manufacturing Technologies', showcasing the advancements made in the manufacturing industry. With 20,000 visitors from the UK and overseas anticipated, and with over 500 exhibitors, not to mention an insightful seminar programme running throughout the week, the five day event is sure to be an exciting, busy and worthwhile time for everyone.

Once more, the Rapid stand will be sited in the Welding World Village, which is hosted by the AWD (Association of Welding Distribution) - the team will be on stand 4921e. There's a write up and site plan of the Welding World Village in the February edition of Welding World Magazine out now, and don't forget to look out for further updates about which products we'll be featuring during the week.


 See you there!


Visit Rapid Welding today

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JOIN THE RAPID FAMILY - Experienced Buyer Opportunity

by Rapid Welding 17. February 2014 14:18







Location                Portchester

Contract                 Full time

Job type                 Buying

Salary                    £20000.00


Job description


Experienced BUYER required for our busy company.


Based in our Portchester head office, the focus will be


·         To continually review our suppliers and stock, ensuring our stock levels are correct whilst the brands stocked and pricing are market competitive.

·         Full purchasing process:  from continual review of pricing & daily contact with suppliers while reviewing backorders ensuring goods arrive on time.

·         Listening to feedback from our both our internal and sales engineers to understand our customer requirements.

·         Being confident when working and meeting with suppliers.


As part of a small team there is a general level of additional support required for your colleagues.




·         Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 5.30pm, one hour lunch, 42.5 hours per week.

·         20 days holiday per year + statutory holidays.  Compulsory Christmas & New Year shutdown.


What we're looking for


·         Experience in buying engineering and/or welding products

·         Proven history of negotiating skills

·         Understanding of general sales/purchasing procedures

·         IT literate including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel)

·         Calm under pressure

·         Excellent communicator across all colleague levels.

·         Ideally have an engineering/ welding background.

·         The role will be fast-paced and challenging therefore you must have an adaptable and flexible attitude and approach, be prepared to work alongside your team and be driven to achieve a high level of service.


For more information on this position, please contact Marianne at  


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Kemppi Minarc Evo 180 - Coming Soon at Rapid

by Rapid Welding 10. February 2014 12:45

The new Minarc 180 is on its way from Kemppi and should be available from Rapid by Easter. This is good news for all you welders out there who are constantly on the go, working from different and often remote locations and need a portable unit.  

The New Minarc Evo 180 - a great choice for welders on the move

Mains or generator power supplied, the Minarc Evo 180 is designed to ensure great welding results every time, even with extra long supply cables. Large voltage reserves and automatic arc force control also means you'll have excellent arc stability regardless of your welding position.

Other on-site issues are overcome with the optional remote control facility, meaning you can adjust your welding parameters at a distance for fewer interruptions and a better overall weld result.

The New Minarc 180 at a Glance

SmileCan be used with all electrode types 

 SmilePortable and easy to carry for all you welders on the move

SmileOptional remote control adjustment

SmileDesigned for use with long supply cables

Smile170 amps MMA welding power output at 30% duty cycle

Smile180 amps DC TIG at 35% duty cycle

SmileEasy to read display

For more information on this new system from Kemppi, feel free to get in touch with Andy at Rapid. Contact details below: 

Rapid Welding: (0)23 92 214 214 or visit




Welcome to the Rapid Experience


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Introducing the NEW Hypertherm Powermax30 XP

by Rapid Welding 21. January 2014 14:40


'Rugged and Reliable' - We like the sound of that!

This is the claim made by Hypertherm about the new Powermax30 XP, set to be formally introduced on February 3rd, 2014. With that date just over a week away, Hypertherm have taken pity on us and released some information about this highly anticipated high performance plasma cutting system.

Here's a brief overview to tantalise your tastebuds!

Easy to use, and with 50% more cutting power than the original Powermax30 system, the new design makes for a versatile tool with a cutting ability of up to 16 mm.

 The 'rugged', I'm guessing, comes from the new Duramx LT (light) torch, which has been designed to survive impact and heat damage, while according to Hypertherm, the Powermax30 XP has twice the consumable life of its predecessor and is '70% more efficient on average for lower cutting costs', which makes it very 'reliable' sounding indeed. 

 But, as with all new innovations, it can't simply be a case of out with the old and in with the new. In their press release, Hypertherm confirmed they will continue producing consumables, replacement torches and other parts for the Powermax30 in the future, and any new orders for the old system will still be accepted on a 'while stocks last' basis.

Rapid customers will be delighted to know that as of the 10th February, 2014, orders for this new system will be available for delivery.

For information and updates on this great new system, and for all Hypertherm products, take a look at their website by clicking here.

And don't forget to visit Rapid at

Happy Welding



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Welcome to the Rapid Group of Companies!

by Rapid Welding 8. January 2014 14:14


Some exciting news hot off the Rapid press!



On January 3rd, 2014, Rapid Welding Supplies Ltd completed the purchase of Bryant Welderental Ltd, and since the New Year we have been busy sharing this exciting news with all our valued customers and suppliers.

Increasing the Rapid family and group of companies means we have substantially increased our portfolio, and with a huge stock inventory we are now able to offer access to a wide range of products and services including welding equipment, consumables, and an extensive range of welding related products from leading brand names such as Miller, Lincoln Electric, Plymovent, Kemppi, Hypertherm, and Elga.


If hiring's your thing ...


One of the new changes to business is that Rapid is now proud to offer a UK wide Welder Rental service, and we're ready and able to hire equipment for every welding application in any industry sector. Current industries using this service include Petro-Chemical, Power Generation, Ship Building and Repair and Structural Steel Industries.

From Diesel Welder Generators to Plasma Cutting Machines, Fume Extraction Systems to Submerged Arc Welding Equipment and high quality welding consumables, we aim to meet your needs and exceed your expectations.


Just click Here for the full list of Welding Equipment available for hire.

As a business striving to offer the complete package to our customers, we work hard to cover all bases. We have factory trained service engineers available on site, as well as an in house machining facility and three local gas depots covering the areas of Hampshire and West Sussex. 

Rapid's website has always been key to ensuring we reach our customers effectively, and we now have the largest welding website in the UK offering qualified and experienced advice, online ordering, and transparent pricing.


So on behalf of all the team at Rapid, we would like to extend our warmest wishes for 2014, and we look forward to doing business and serving you in the New Year.





Order the NEW Powermax125 from Rapid NOW!

by Rapid Welding 27. November 2013 08:31

Hypertherm's Powermax125 system made its global debut at the Schweissen and Schneiden 2013 International Trade Fair for joining, cutting and surfacing technology back in September, and by all accounts the event was a big success for all 1,017 exhibitors, attracting many trade visitors from different countries and industries (including representatives from Rapid) over the six day event.

At Essen it was promised this system would become available in the closing stages of 2013, and that's a promise kept. Rapid is pleased to announce that as of this week, the Powermax125 is available to buy online.

The Powermax125

The Powermax plasma system is a useful and versatile tool suitable for any place of work. Whether you are shop or factory based, at home or out and about in the field, this widely popular range has grown to incorporate the Powermax125, the most powerful Powermax air plasma cutting and gouging system.

Enabling thicker and faster cuts on a wide variety of metal types, the Powermax125 is designed to comfortably cut 38mm material and severance cut up to 57mm with hand cutting torches, and has a 25mm mechanised pierce capability. It offers a 125amp output at 100% duty cycle providing maximum productivity and efficiency, thus affording greater productivity and lower operating costs to the user. 

Brief Overview of Features 

  • Increased productivity with cut speeds 5 times greater than oxyfuel on 12mm mild steel.
  • Superior cut and gouge quality, meaning less time spent on grinding and edge preparation.
  • 100% duty cycle maximizes cutting time
  • Reduce costs with consumable life up to four times longer than other systems in this amperage range.
  • Electrode end-of-life detection protects the torch and work-piece from damage by automatically stopping power when the electrode is overused.
  • No need to change the air pressure. Smart Sense™ technology ensures that it is always correctly set.

All models of the new Hypertherm125 plasma are now available from Rapid online. Just click on the link and the website page will open in a new window.

Alternatively give Andy a call to discuss you requirements on:

+44 (0)23 92 214 214

For more info on this product and other Hypertherm systems, visit  Rapid 's extensive online store or go to Hypertherm website





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New in at Rapid - Plymovent Fume Extraction & Filtration Solutions

by Rapid Welding 12. November 2013 08:08

Plymovent Fume Extraction Solutions Now Available From Rapid

Visible and invisible air pollutants such as welding fumes are a hazard to people's health, and total fume extraction is often only achievable using a collaboration of methods, including adequate ventilation, personal protection, and a full risk assessment of the application and welding process being used. 

Rapid Welding is now an authorised distributor for Plymovent Ltd, a 'major global player that supplies products, systems and services for air extraction and filtration'. With health and safety at the forefront in every workplace, Plymovent products provide engineered solutions for achieving emission free conditions and safe working environments.  

Here's a look at just some of the Plymovent products available from Rapid - just click on the link beneath the picture for more information.

Plymovent Mobile Fume Extractors  


Plymovent Extraction Arm

Spark Arrester: provides near to 100% protection against sparks and cigarette butts   

Rapid supplies a variety of effective fume extraction solutions by Plymovent, including flexible extraction arms to capture fumes at source, mobile fume filters for extra flexibility around various workplaces and extraction workbenches ideal for welding booths, so please take a look online or call for more information.

Useful Links & More Info 

As always, our product specialist, Andy, is available to discuss your specific requirements, so feel free get in touch online (Live chat link is at the top of the page) or give him a bell on +44 (0)23 92 214 214. He's always happy to take your call.

Here's the full range of Plymovent products available from Rapid  

And for more information on Plymovent, here's the link to their official website. 


Happy - and safe - welding!





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Adjustable Protection, Comfort and Style from 3M - SF200 Series Protective Eyewear

by Rapid Welding 22. October 2013 12:51

Is it time to update your PPE at work?

Then take a look at the new 3M SecureFit range of protective eyewear, now available from Rapid.

With a flexible frame, rimless lens, fixed-length temple arm and 3M Pressure Diffusion Temple Technology, these new spectacles spread the pressure over the ear and naturally adjust to fit different facial profiles without compromising on comfort, fit, or protection.

This product is suitable for use in a range of applications, including engineering, construction, inspection work, general assembly and light duty maintenance and repair, and because they are self adjusting, it's simply a case of wear and work.  

Features include:

  • 3M Pressure Diffusion Temple (PDT) Technology
  • Pressure diffusion throughout the temples to enhance comfort without sacrificing security of fit
  • Reduces the need to stockpile multiple spectacles
  • Helps reduce eyewear/frame slippage during workplace head movements
  • Stylish design weights less than 18g for lightweight comfort
  • Anti-scratch (AS) and anti-fog (AF) coatings
  • Clear tint - Good colour recognition and excellent UV protection


Check out the Rapid website for more information on this great product and other safety solutions.


To request a free sample and for more info, here's the link for the 3M website 



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CK Worldwide Wedge™ Collet

by Rapid Welding 17. October 2013 20:21

A lot of customers buying CK Worldwide's Wedge collet have commented that they are so much better than the old  split design. The new technology wedges the tungsten against the collet body, and with no slot, there is nothing to weaken and deform the collet, meaning it can last a whopping 10x longer than the standard version.


Not only does this patented new technology from CK Worldwide last longer, but it provides better quality welds and fits other collet bodies.

Check out this CK Worldwide video for more info on this product


Or visit Rapid's online CK store 



Happy Welding!

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Rapid Marine - Bringing something new to the industry

by Rapid Welding 24. September 2013 07:57


Rapid Marine was officially launched in July this year, bringing to market adjustable lifting slings and stainless steel 316 ratchet strap kits especially designed for tenders.  

For all of us who have experienced the joy of getting slings made in wire, only to find they don't fit as well as you would like, these slings are a godsend as each leg is fully adjustable.

 Mike Evers at Rapid Marine developed the system a few years ago, and has been supplying the likes of Williams Performance Tender, Princess Motor Yachts and Sunseeker Sales UK to name but a few.  Mike's knowledge is often called upon by boat owners and retailers seeking advice on anything to do with lifting and securing a tender, and so he really knows his stuff and understands what people need.

Using our unique adjustable buckle, our slings fit 99% of all tender regardless of the lifting equipment on your boat 

With competitive prices, experienced product knowledge and customer service, Rapid Marine is fast becoming the market leader for this type of product, and the web site presents the range of products in such a way/format that selecting the correct sling is based on the lifting equipment on your boat, not your tender.   

check out the Davit Sling Calculator Chart on the Davit Sling page.

The best three words to describe Rapid Marine products are: Certified, Adjustable and Quality.

 Tie down kits are manufactured using 316 stainless steel ratchets and 25mm polyester webbing.

Slings are available in a variety of sizes to meet your individual requirements, and we also offer a bespoke service for when off the shelf just won't do.

Sling Kit at a Glance: 

  • Simple fitting instructions
  • Certificate of conformity
  • All stainless 316 fittings
  • Storage bag
  • Manufactured in the UK
  • Insurance compliant
  • Unique adjustable sliding buckle
  • Certified to EU Safety Standards 


Since July, the team at Rapid Marine have been busy. Launching at the PSP Southampton Boat Show this year - thanks to BHG Marine and Zodiac who kindly incorporated the Rapid Marine display on their stand - it was great to see the range so well received. 

For more info on all products and any questions, contact Mike at Rapid Marine HQ: +44 (0)12 02 624 754 

Or email: 


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